Heart Disease: The Genetics Behind It
February 26, 2017
You got your brown eyes from your dad. You’re a lefty thanks to your mom. But if your parents had heart disease – particularly at an early age – they may have left you that inheritance as well. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast heart disease expert Dr. Sam Daya answers questions about genetics and the connection to heart disease.
- How common are heart diseases that are inherited – such as heart muscle diseases called cardiomyopathies or other diseases such as heart rhythm disorders?
- If a parent has died from an inherited heart disorder, what should the children do to determine their risk of having the same problem? And are there warning signs?
- If a parent had heart disease at a young age, are their children at greater risk for developing heart disease?
- If one or both parents have had a heart attack, does that pretty much guarantee that their children will be more likely to have a heart attack, too?
- If both parents have inherited heart disease, who is more likely to genetically pass it on, mom or dad?
- Is genetic testing for heart disease effective in identifying future problems?
- How is genetic testing for heart disease done?
- When should someone consider genetic testing.
- If heart disease runs in your family, what are some specific steps you can take to avoid it yourself?